With Nissan having significant input for the next-gen Mitsubishis, more cars from the Diamond Star will appear to be based on future Nissan products. It was first reported that the next-gen Mirage will share its platform with the future Note, along with the Renault Clio which is due for an all-new model soon.
Now, it seems like the Mitsubishi Outlander will also be closely related to the next-generation Nissan X-Trail. If the report from Motor Trend bears fruit, it will be the second product from Mitsubishi to be based on a Nissan under the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The publication also reported that the next-generation Outlander is due to debut by 2021.
Based on Motor Trend's story, the Outlander will serve as the automaker's largest crossover as it is likely to be based on the X-Trail. That means the ASX (also known as Outlander Sport) will serve as the entry-level crossover for the brand and the Eclipse Cross will be the middle child of Mitsubishi's crossover range.
While the next-generation models of the Outlander and X-Trail will share components, chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Carlos Ghosn said that each of the cars will have their own identites. It may possibly mean that the Nissan-based Misubishis will have their own marketing strategies, as well as design languages.
Besides the all-new Outlander, Motor Trend also added that the future ASX will be built atop the Nissan Kicks platform. However, no tentative date has been mentioned at the time of writing. Mitsubishi is also aiming to further expand their range in the USA as talks of bringing in the Montero Sport are said to be in the works. At the same time, the marque wants to re-enter the pickup game in the USA with the Strada being earmarked for the country.
Given Mitsubishi and Nissan's push towards electrification, it is possible that the 2021 Outlander will come with either a full electric or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant. The latter appears more likely since the current Outlander is available as a PHEV in its home market of Japan, parts of Europe, and North America. Besides the Outlander, the Eclipse Cross and future ASX are likely to spawn plug-in variants as well.
Source: Motor Trend